Daruma Stinger, Erosa daruma (Whitley 1932)

Other Names: North-west Stonefish

Daruma Stinger, Erosa daruma. Source: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO. License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial


A stonefish relative with a large, evenly rounded head with no hump above the eyes nor pit before the dorsal fin. The pectoral and caudal fins are dark near the base with a broad white band followed by a narrower dark band and a white margin.

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Daruma Stinger, Erosa daruma (Whitley 1932)

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Inhabits shallow inshore reefs of northwestern Australia.

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Differs from the Pacific Monkeyfish, Erosa erosa, in having a rounded head profile, a broad white bar on the pectoral and caudal fins, vs a hump followed by a pit before the dorsal fin, large white spots on the outer pectoral fin and fine vertical lines on the tail.

Species Citation

Dampierosa daruma Whitley, 1932,  Rec. Aust. Mus. 18(6): 346, pl. 38, figs 2, 3. Type locality: off Broome, WA.


Dianne J. Bray

Daruma Stinger, Erosa daruma (Whitley 1932)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37287052

Danger:Venomous spines

Depth:0-2 m

Max Size:13 cm

Max Size:Reef associated


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